Si Kaddour Benghabrit (Imam of the Grand Mosque of Paris) is a respected figure of historical interest because of his heroic actions during the Holocaust.
Si Kaddour Benghabrit, the founder, Imam & rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, provided certificates of Muslim identity to Jews and help them escape persecution by Nazis.
In the early 1940s France was home to a large population of North Africans, including thousands of Sephardic Jews. The Jews spoke Arabic and shared many of the same traditions and everyday habits as the Muslims.
This heroic unsung leader of the Paris Mosque Resistance died in 1954 and is resting within the mosque premises.
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